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Chocolate Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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708 Ratings
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Ratings: 708
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.94%
Wants: 50
Gots: 143 | FT: 9
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  9.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
One of the brightest stars in a city filled with culinary treasures, Christopher Elbow has been handcrafting masterpieces in chocolate for more than ten years. In that time the reputation of his artistic delicacies has spread around the globe. Elbow’s sweets are distinguished by their use of unusual and sometimes surprising flavors and ingredients; in that adventurous spirit we joined forces to bring you a very special Chocolate Ale.

In developing this beer, Elbow and Boulevard brewmaster Steven Pauwels sought to harmonize the interplay of chocolate and malt, with each supporting and enhancing, but not overwhelming, the other. Just the right chocolate was essential. Elbow recommended a rare variety from the Dominican Republic, prized for its robust flavor and aroma, and a personal favorite. More than a mere flavoring, the chocolate — in the form of nibs, or crushed, roasted beans – was incorporated into the brewing process itself.

24 IBU

(Beer added by: HOPPYKC on 02-09-2011)
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tito42

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750ml corked bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip. Limited Valentine's Day run (recently announced to be produced again in 2012).

A: Rich amber with ruby hues, foamy tan head, nice lacing. Unfiltered particulate in suspension.

S: The rich chocolate aroma is quite impressive. An earthy hops aroma as well, but for the most part this smells like Christopher Elbow chocolate.

T: Milk chocolate, caramel, and earthy hops. A bit of a roasted coffee flavor lingers behind the chocolate. There is a sweetness that permeates that is too much for me, personally. Chocolate beers tend to be too sweet for my palate in general. The taste doesn't mask the ABV as much as other offerings in Boulevard's Smokestack Series.

M: Medium-bodied, nice malty creaminess. Not much drying of the mouth for the alcohol content. You taste the alcohol more than you feel it.

D: I really don't know if I'm going to be able to finish this 750. There was a huge amount of hype locally surrounding this limited edition ale. I can appreciate the superior craftsmanship that went into this beer, as evidenced by the appearance, smell, and mouthfeel. I simply do not enjoy the taste. Like I said, chocolate beers are too sweet for my palate. If you like chocolate beers, however, this is a must try. I'm glad I tried it, but my fears were confirmed. I just can't appreciate chocolate as the main event in a beer.

UPDATE: Yep, I finished the 750.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 04:11:51 | More by tito42
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Chocolate Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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